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How Obama plans to fix veterans' mental health care
Defense One
President Barack Obama recently announced a series of reforms aimed at improving the administration and access of veterans' benefits, focusing primarily on mental health initiatives. At a speech at the American Legion convention in North Carolina, Obama touted the progress his administration has made in boosting funding to the Veterans Affairs Department, reducing the disability claims backlog and coordinating with the private sector to help veterans establish civilian careers after leaving military service.
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Number of homeless veterans in the US falls over past 4 years
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The number of homeless veterans in the U.S. has dropped by a third over the past four years, according to data recently released by the federal government. According to an annual survey called the Point-in-Time Count, the number of homeless veterans fell to just under 50,000 in 2014 from nearly 75,000 in 2010, a drop of 33 percent. The announcement from the federal agencies, including the Department of Housing and Urban Development and the Department of Veterans Affairs, attributed the drop to several strategies.
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Feds make $1 million bet on veterans becoming nurses
Times of San Diego
National University, San Diego, announced that it has received a three-year, $1.05 million federal grant to launch a program designed to speed up instruction for military veterans interested in nursing careers. The Department of Health & Human Service's Health Resources and Services Administration provided the grant to pay for outreach services, retention activities and academic and career support services, like licensing preparation, in order to ensure the professional success of veteran graduates who enter and complete the program.
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Here's how for-profit schools mislead veterans
Business Insider
Modern veterans have an incredible tool to help them succeed, the Post-9/11 GI Bill, which offers up to 36 months of education benefits. Many vets who attend college nearly free of charge envision that, upon graduation, they will be able to able secure well-paying jobs in the field of their studies. However, for many, this is not the case.
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VA reform law will push colleges to lower veteran tuition
Stars and Stripes
A federal law passed in August directing a massive $16.3 billion overhaul of the troubled Department of Veterans Affairs health care system, also aims to put pressure on colleges to lower education costs for veterans. The law, called the Veterans' Access to Care through Choice, Accountability and Transparency Act, bars the VA from paying education assistance to colleges that charge veterans more than in-state tuition rates.
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Charter funds computers for job-seeking veterans
Veterans could get a helping hand back into the job market with a new computer lab funded for the ABCCM/Veterans Restoration Quarters. Charter Communications donated $6,500 to Asheville, Tennesse, Buncombe Community Christian Ministry to replace old computers with new faster machines along with new software. Veterans can get online training classes and learn how to apply for jobs.
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